New Parents’ Guide To Ella's Kitchen Pouches

New Parents’ Guide To Ella's Kitchen Pouches

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The weaning journey from milk to solid food is an exciting adventure for both parent and baby.

If you’re considering Ella’s Kitchen pouches to help with weaning, here’s what you need to know.

How Do You Use Ella's Kitchen Pouches?

The great thing about Ella’s Kitchen pouches is they’re convenient and easy to use, both at home and on the go.

Some, like the smoothie pouches, are ready to eat as they are. Some can be heated but don’t have to be, like the fruit purée pouches. And still others, like the lamb roast dinner, are best heated.

Some pouches can’t be microwaved while some can, so check the preparation instructions carefully. Those that can’t be microwaved can be heated by standing the pouch in warm water, or squeezing the contents into a saucepan.

Be sure to check the temperature before feeding your baby.

How Do I Introduce My Baby To Pouches?

You can feed your baby food from Ella’s Kitchen pouches when you start weaning. Just make sure you choose foods that are appropriate for the stage of weaning you’re at. The age shown on the pouch can help with this, but talk to your health visitor if you need advice on weaning.

Feed your baby with a spoon rather than letting them suck from the pouch as this can contribute to tooth decay.

What Is The First Food You Should Introduce To A Baby?

When you first start weaning, you’re getting your baby used to new flavours and the new experience of eating, as their milk is still fulfilling their nutritional needs.

A thin purée made from a single vegetable mixed with a little of your baby’s usual milk is a good place to start.

Alternatively, you can try your baby with the Ella’s Kitchen pouches designed for first tastes. Start with one or two spoonfuls and build up the amount gradually.

After the first few weeks, try moving on to blends of multiple vegetables or fruits, like this Ella's Kitchen Organic Bananas & Apples Baby Pouch.

And then a few more months down the line, baby might be feeling a bit more adventurous. So how about this Ella's Kitchen Organic Vegetable & Lentil Bake Baby Pouch? Sounds delicious!

Are Baby Food Pouches Better Than Jars?

There are pros and cons to both baby food pouches and jars. Both are convenient if you don’t have much time or if you’re out and about with your little one.

Pouches are probably the more versatile option as they’re more portable, but jars are easier to recycle at home.

Can I Give My 4 Month Old Baby Food?

General advice, including that from the Department of Health, is that babies are usually ready to start weaning at around 6 months old.

Based on the most recent research on European babies, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommends starting weaning between 4 and 6 months. This is why Ella’s Kitchen marks some of its pouches as being suitable from 4 months.

Before 4 months (17 weeks), your baby’s tummy and kidneys aren’t ready to start weaning.

Since every baby is different, look out for a few signs that your baby might be ready to start weaning. They should be able to:

●      Hold their head steady

●      Sit up comfortably without support

●      Bring things to their mouth, showing good hand-eye coordination

If you think your baby is ready to wean before 6 months old, talk to your health visitor.

Can You Reuse Ella’s Kitchen Pouches?

Ella’s Kitchen pouches aren’t designed to be reused. However you can recycle them by taking them to drop-off points at certain supermarkets. To find participating stores near you, check the Recycle Now website.